Please note: If you were looking for the 'You've Got the Power' films, you may have been redirected here as the animations have now been discontinued due to content becoming out of date. We hope you find this new set of films, 'An Introduction to Parliament', suitable for your needs. In the short term, you can still find the 'You've Got the Power' animations on the Parliament's Education Service YouTube playlist.

To view these videos you must be able to use YouTube in your classroom.

Description

This animation is an ideal starting point for introducing Parliament to pupils aged 7-11.

Time required: 8 minutes

The asset is also available to view in the following short chapters on YouTube to introduce specific lessons or activities. Please follow the links provided to watch:

Parliament Structure
Explores the function and makeup of the three parts that make up parliament: the House of Commons, the House of Lords, and the monarch.
Time required: 2.5 minutes

Making Laws
Explains the stages a proposal for a new law goes through to become an Act of Parliament.
Time required: 1 minute

Elections and Voting
Examines the UK general election exploring: our right to vote, how candidates and parties gain votes and what happens once elected.
Time required: 2 minutes

Your Voice
Looks at the alternative options available outside of voting to get your voice heard, covering how to contact MPs and Peers or petition and campaign on issues.
Time required: 1.5 minutes

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn:

  •  A brief history of UK Parliament
  • That Parliament is made up of the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the monarch, and the role each plays
  • How laws are made
  • How members are elected to the House of Commons and how general elections work
  • How the public can engage in the democratic process and have a say in how the country is run

Related teaching resources

CITIZENSHIP, INTRODUCTION TO PARLIAMENT

Discover the UK Parliament, 7-11 booklet

AGES 11-19, VIDEO, CITIZENSHIP, HOUSE OF COMMONS

What is the House of Commons?

AGES 11-19, GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

What is the House of Lords? - video